CAPE SABLE ISLAND, N.S. - The outboard boats will be running on Saturday, Aug. 11 starting at 9 a.m., ferrying people from The Hawk to The Cape Ledge for a day trip visit to Nova Scotia’s tallest lighthouse, Cape Sable.
This year marks the fifth annual Cape Day, started in 2013 by the group Friends of the Cape Light. Held the second Saturday in August, each year 300 to 400 people take advantage of the short water taxi ride from mainland Cape Sable Island to the unspoiled island, which is also home to numerous shore birds, migratory birds, free grazing sheep, geocaches and white sand beaches.
About 25 volunteers take part in staging the event, from greeting visitors at The Hawk asking them to sign in to receive their passport to the Cape to the boat operators who will continue taking passengers to the Cape until everyone who wants to go, get’s there. A donation is requested for the boat ride. PFD’s are available, but people are urged to bring their own if they have one.
More volunteers will be on the Cape during the day, barbecuing hot dogs and serving cold drinks. Other food items will be available for sale at ‘Aunt Lottie's’ – one of two small cottages on the island. People are also welcome to bring picnic lunches and lawn chairs. By 3 p.m. the boat rides back to the mainland will begin. If anyone wants to camp out for the evening, arrangements can be made for pick-up the next day for the cost of a donation.
Cape Day is an annual fundraiser for the Friends of the Cape Light, who are hoping to make further improvements to the interpretive signage, floating docks and other visitor friendly amenities they have installed such as port-a-potties, picnic table and benches.
Clark’s Harbour Mayor Leigh Stoddart, who is one of the volunteers, says he expects a good turn-out for this year’s event. “We have had a lot of interest so far I’m anticipating a fairly large crowd,” he said.